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19 Oct: Ruqayyah Boyer, Miss Guyana Universe 2012

Meet Ruqayyah Gabriella Boyer!  She is a Guyanese-Dutch model, singer, actress, dancer, and reigning Miss Guyana Universe 2012. Born in Suriname to a Guyanese mother and a Surinamese father,  Ruqayyah spent her first two years in  her Dutch-speaking birth country before moving to Canada where she spent the next five years. Later on, Ruqayyah moved to her mother’s home country of Guyana where she currently resides. Ruqayyah was raised in an extended family and is the…

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18 Oct: Squashing the Competition – Nicolette Fernandes

Caribbean Squash Queen Nicolette Fernandes was born  in Toronto, Canada on June 19, 1983.  She moved back to Guyana with her parents at an early age began playing squash competitively at the age of 8.   Representing Guyana, she dominated the junior category both domestically and regionally before she became famous for her outstanding performance at various Caribbean Championships.  Nicolette made a significant leap when she was just 19-years-old and emerged as Champion at her first Pan American Games. Nicolette has…

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16 Oct: Guyana’s Soca Queen – Shelon “Shelly G” Garraway

Guyana’s singing sensation Shelon Unecia Garraway aka “Shelly G” is a feisty young songwriter and versatile stage performer.  She was born on 22nd October, 1985, the third of four children, and a graduate of Cotton Field Secondary  School in Essequibo.  Shelly G’s  talents came to light on a popular  TV show produced for Mr. Dynamix (Ian Johnson) in 2004, a program geared to discover new talent. This led to her becoming the #1 artiste with Dynamix Recording Studio. Shelly G made her music debut in 2005 at the National…

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16 Oct: She Rocks! Meet Deborah Cox – Grammy Award-Nominated & Multi-Platinum R&B Singer/Songwriter

Many of you will agree that Deborah Cox is one of the music industry’s most notable voices.   A multi-platinum selling artist and self-proclaimed diva, Deborah was born on born July 13, 1974 in Toronto to Guyanese parents.   She began singing for TV commercials at age 12, and entered various talent shows with the help of her mother. She performed in nightclubs as a teenager, and began to write music around the same time. Deborah entered the music…

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15 Oct: Guyanese Women in History: Cécile Nobrega – Scholar, Musician, Artist, Poet & Writer of “Bronze Woman”

In the south London town of Stockwell at the Stockwell Memorial Gardens is a 10-foot bronze sculpture of a woman holding a child. It was the brainchild of Guyanese Cécile Nobrega and is based on and named after her own poem:  Bronze Woman. Cécile  was a scholar, musician, artist, text-book writer, poetess and many more attributes. She was born Cécile Burgan –  the daughter of the late Canon William Granville Burgan and Imelda Burgan. Cecile grew up in Buxton village, East…

13 Oct: She Rocks! Shondell ‘Mystery Lady’ Alfred – 2011 Inspirational Boxer of the Year

Shondell ‘Mystery Lady’ Alfred is a professional boxer from Guyana. She is one of the first female boxers to represent Guyana internationally and in 2011 the “Mystery Lady” was awarded “Most Inspirational Boxer of the Year” by the Women’s Boxing Archive Network (WBAN).  Alfred’s knockout victory over Corrine Van Ryck DeGroot was largely responsible for her winning the award in front of a glamorous line up of boxers worldwide. Shondell grew up in Albouystown where she took to athletics and later karate while in…

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12 Oct: She Rock! Guyanese Journalist, Sherry Dixon, admitted to Black 100+ Hall Of Fame

Founder & CEO of the award-winning global organization, Women on the Crossroads, Sherry Ann Dixons, was recently admitted to The Black 100+ Hall of Fame. The Black 100+ Project is an Exhibition of the top 100 Black Achievers in Modern Britain. Guyanese by birth, Sherry is highly respected in the ethnic community in Britain and developed a following of dedicated readers with her health, lifestyle, beauty and relationship articles  She is very passionate about raising the…

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11 Oct: Meet Guyanese Goddess: Shakira Baksh Caine – Miss Guyana 1967

How many of you remember Shakira Baksh who represented Guyana in Miss World 1967 and ended as second runner-up?  Some folks called her the “Guyanese Goddess”! Shakira Baksh was born on February 23, 1947, in Guyana to a Muslim family. The daughter of a dressmaker, she aimed to follow in the footsteps of her mother and become a fashion designer. It was while working as a secretary, Shakira Caine was urged by her boss to…

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10 Oct: Champions!!! The Guyana Women’s Basketball Team

These beautiful young women are deserving of our congratulations because they definitely Rock! The GUYANA Women’s Basketball Team played undefeated to claim the title of the 12th annual Gillian Brazier Basketball Shootout earlier this year in Antigua and Barbuda. The team claimed a 74-34 victory to wrap up the tournament with a 5-0 record with wins versus St. Kitts and Nevis and Antigua. The United States-based, Shauntelle Nelson, was named MVP and was also added to the All-Star team,…

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09 Oct: She Rocks Her Guyanese Heritage: Leona Lewis – Multi-Platinum Music Artist

Leona Lewis was born on April 3, 1985 in the London Borough of Islington , to Aural Josiah “Joe” Lewis, a youth worker from Guyana and Maria Lewis, a British social worker of Welsh, Italian and Irish descent. A multi-platinum selling artist and three-time Grammy Award nominee, Lewis’s most successful single, “Bleeding Love”, reached number one in over 30 countries around the world, and was the best-selling single worldwide in 2008. She was proclaimed ‘Top…